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Following the death of her mother in 1905, Anna Jarvis campaigned for years to institute Mother’s Day as a U.S. national holiday. On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.” By then it had become customary to wear white carnations to